Plane Carrying Turkish FM Denied Landing in Netherlands

Plane Carrying Turkish FM Denied Landing in Netherlands

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Saturday barred a plane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister from landing, saying his visit would be a threat to public order.

The Netherlands’ decision to bar Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s plane from landing came after he said he would travel to Rotterdam, despite a ban on him addressing a rally there.

The Dutch are due to vote in a national election on Wednesday, in which anti-immigration sentiment has played a prominent role.

Rutte said in a statement published on his official Facebook page that Turkey had upset discussions under which Cavusoglu would have been allowed to enter the country, by calling for a massive public rally.

A Turkish threat of sanctions if Cavusoglu were denied entry “made a reasonable solution impossible”, Rutte said.

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